Guns & Gear

Read no-holds-barred reviews of both personal and home defense firearms and stay up-to-date on the latest concealed carry offerings on the market. Discover everything you need to know to select the best, tried-and-true self-defense gear—from holsters, knives, and ammunition to flashlights, first-aid kits, and alternate weapons.

A Word About Hot Brass!

Deal with it! Don’t be a sissy! Take the pain. Hot brass burns, but the burn is not nearly as… Read More >

Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style .45: Compact Carry Pistol With a ‘Sunday Punch’

Ruger has been producing its SR1911 pistol series since 2011, which is rather fitting. Debuting a line of 1911 pistols… Read More >

The Oldest Holster

The oldest holster in my possession is the Fobus paddle holster pictured here. In it resides my trusty Smith &… Read More >

A Foregone Conclusion: How to Safely Transport Four Guns

Most range bags are fine for simply carrying a gun back and forth from home to the range, but at… Read More >

Birchwood Casey Super Bright Touch-Up Sight Pens

Back in 1980, when I entered law enforcement and began extensive handgun training, handgun sights were much like the Model… Read More >

Not Just Packin’ … Packin’ Neat

I’ve mentioned before that I am an organization nut. “A place for everything and everything in its place” would truly… Read More >

Clearing a Cover Garment

As the weather gets cooler, we usually add an extra layer of clothing. That layer is just one more thing… Read More >

Functional, Good-Looking Grips

Grips? Stocks? If we can suspend — just for a moment — which term to use when referring to the… Read More >

Taking Care of Your Guns Is Vital … and Easy

I was recently reminded of how important it is to be a conscientious gun owner. This covers a lot of… Read More >

The Remington R51 9mm: Born Again and Ready to Rock

During my short stint working retail gun sales at Vance Outdoors in Columbus, Ohio, I frequently had my eyes, and… Read More >

Your First — and Maybe Last — Gun Belt

A proper concealed carry rig — whatever keeps your gun safely secured to your person — includes gear described as… Read More >

Making My 1911 an A1 Again

The venerable 1911 series of pistols has gone through many changes in form and available calibers over its 107-year history. Read More >

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